Ever stop to consider how important you are to the success of your church? It’s been said, almost all the greatest successes in life are won by fine margins. For example, the fastest runner in the world is no more than a few fractions of a second ahead of the other competitors.
According to George McMillan, a university swimming coach, the fastest swimmer is only separated from the others by a few short inches. A “drop in the bucket” may not seem too significant. However, it may be very great in the result it produces. Small pieces of adhesive tape, which somehow disappeared from their proper position, caused a delay in the orbiting of a very expensive satellite. Every single piece of stone in a mosaic is indispensable.
One little wire doesn’t appear too important, but when it’s disconnected your car can’t go anywhere. Look at the peacock’s tail and remember the tiny bit of matter within the egg from which that peacock grew. A tiny screw on the wing of an airplane may save a crash. A faulty switch repaired may prevent a fire.
Little things are extremely important. Not necessarily because of what they are in themselves, but rather because they are part of something that depends heavily upon them for success. We might feel we are but one small speck in the universe without much worth or value. We might believe we can make little or no contribution to the world, others and God.
BUT THAT’S WRONG!
Every person, whether single or married, young or old, rich or poor, weak or strong, is absolutely and extremely important. The Bible reminds us Jesus died for the world and rose from the grave. But would you believe if the “world” had been you alone, He still would have come and died for you because you are extremely important to Him? You are incredibly important to God, to Jesus, His church and the world He created.
Everything you are and everything you do is extremely important to God’s church and what He wants to accomplish in the world.
Don’t ever underestimate your value or importance. God placed you on this earth for His sovereign purposes. He led you to His church for specific purposes – His. And His purposes not only are important, but they also always prevail. Your role in His world is extremely important, especially as part of His church.
If God’s church is to accomplish all He has called her to do, it will take your help. You are strategically important to your church. Your prayers are important. Your participation is important. Your giving is important. Your serving is important. Your faithfulness is important. Everything you are and everything you do is extremely important to God’s church and what He wants to accomplish in the world.
So next time you’re thinking about skipping a service or bowing out from helping in some ministry or activity; next time the devil attempts to convince you what you have to offer or what you do is no big deal — that your time, talent or resources won’t make that big of a difference; next time you start believing what you bring to the table is just some insignificant, little thing … remember:
It’s the little things that make THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE!
© 2020. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.